Ashima Shiraishi: Tweenage champion rock climber

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13-year-old Ashima Shiraishi is one of the top female rock climbers in the world. Two weeks ago, she did the “Open Your Mind Direct” climb in Santa Linya, Spain – making her the youngest person, male or female, to have ever climbed something that difficult.

buzzfeed conducted an incredibly charming interview with her on Snapchat (of course), and while the whole thing is adorable and worth checking out, three things stood out especially:


Her face when she falls. anigif_optimized-31455-1427223733-1

The fact that she can do 40 pull-ups at a time. enhanced-11183-1427221003-15

And this response to the “shouldn’t you be in school right now?” question.